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gender neutral teaching [Mar. 29th, 2012|08:29 pm]
A Community for LGBT Teachers Working in the K-12

I'm a queer, female-bodied person who is about to enter a M.Ed. program and start my student teaching soon. I've wanted to be a teacher for the last couple years and I'm excited about finally getting to be in a classroom. While I consider myself genderqueer, my facial features/body type reads very feminine. I'm uncomfortable with being called Ms., and Mr. doesn't feel quite right either. I've been playing around with using Mx. as a gender-neutral replacement for these other titles, and I'm curious if other people have used this term or have other better examples of what has worked for them. I really want to stay true to myself and be open/honest with my students, but I also don't want to make a lot of trouble for myself in a new school over a term I'm not even 100% on board with yet. I'd truly prefer just to go by my first name, which regardless of my gender identity I'd probably want to do anyway, but that's another thing the administration may not be okay with.
Thoughts on how to be a genderqueer teacher w/o having gendered titles?
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2011|03:11 pm]
A Community for LGBT Teachers Working in the K-12

I just wrote a new article for my SECS and PEACE community.

If you're not a member, I strongly urge you to go and read it, even if you don't want to join. Gay rights and Civil Liberties aren't just some bullshit we can ignore anymore.
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2010|01:53 pm]
A Community for LGBT Teachers Working in the K-12

SECS and PEACE is a community for open minded people who believe in Succumbing to the need for Education in our almost Catatonic Species, as well as people who believe in Personal Enlightenment Against Constant Enigmas. Now, first of all, anyone who has a problem with the acronyms can piss off, because otherwise, it wouldn't spell anything. After all, this is a community for the open minded.

I sincerely hope all of you are very open minded because a new rant was written yesterday. It concerns racism, sexism, homosexuality, gay teen suicide, and who, if anyone, should be responsible. I encourage you all to go read, comment and if you or anyone you know is a racist, sexist, homosexual, homophobic, or just plain an asshole, then please... share.

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Newbie here! [Jun. 25th, 2009|12:32 am]
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Just wanted to say that I just recently joined LJ and this community. I'm not a teacher yet, but will soon be going to college to be one! I'm very happy that there is a community for LGBT and am proud to be a part of this community.
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free LGBT-themed films and curriculum resources [May. 8th, 2009|03:50 pm]
A Community for LGBT Teachers Working in the K-12

Thought folks in this group might be interested in a new project from GSA Network and Frameline called Youth In Motion.  We provide *free* LGBT-themed DVDs to middle and high schools throughout California (unfortunately, our grant limits us to California at the moment), along with fierce Curriculum Guides and fabulous Action Guides.  We believe that having an LGBT-inclusive curriculum is a key component of making schools safe and welcoming to folks of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

I posted about it on our LJ here or you can register directly on our website!

If you're outside of California, you can still order the films for your GSA or school -- they're only $25 each (which is hella cheap compared to most movies).  Visit our website for more info: http://youthinmotion.frameline.org.

Here's the covers from our first 4 DVDs -- you can see they cover a broad range of topics:

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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2008|01:09 pm]
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The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student
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An amazing film. [Jun. 10th, 2008|02:38 pm]
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If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


X-posted... everywhere? :)
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LGBT alert - West Indies and Jamaica danger! [Apr. 19th, 2006|01:00 pm]
A Community for LGBT Teachers Working in the K-12

Originally posted by browngirl - apparently Jamaica and the West Indies are not good places to be LBGT. And, the founder of JFLAG Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays - was brutally murdered!
You can read about it in browngirl's Post about it.
Thanks for alerting us, we'll do what we can!
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Are you an elementary teacher (public or private)? Take my survey! (Please?) [Apr. 3rd, 2006|11:43 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

(x-posted anywhere I think teachers lurk on LJ)

In order to complete the final requirements for M.Ed.coursework at St. Michael's College, I am conducting research to gain insight into arts integration in elementary school classrooms. I am surveying elementary school classroom teachers from both public andprivate schools It will take approximately eight minutes to complete the questionnaire.

If you are currently teaching elementary school aged children in either a public or private school your input will be very helpful and appreciated.

Your survey responses will be strictly confidential.

Click Here to take the survey

Thank you very much for your time and support.
Mary Ellen Wessels
mew AT mewsic DOT com

If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey contact me and I can mail you one.
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Query re: demographics/surveys and transgendered [Apr. 2nd, 2006|02:18 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Thanksgiving - Ed Stauff]

(cross posted to my own blog)
I'm not normally a member of this community but figure it is a logical place to ask this so hope you won't mind.

For my Masters of Education research survey I am quite torn on what to use for demographic data regarding gender.

Now, personally, I am interested to see if there is any strong correlation between gender and use of arts however, in my opinion, your gender is what you identify yourself as. (One easy thing I could do but it would screw with my data I suppose is to allow people to check both. Which doesn't really solve the problem but is an amusing thought to me ;-)

Having said that - if anyone has ideas, suggestions or strong feelings on this feel free to weigh in here (or in my blog). I am allowing anonymous posting (in my blog - not sure I can allow it in a community). I may wimp out and default to "male/female" but if I can come up with a not-too-shocking way to be more inclusive and still be taken seriously I would like that.
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